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Coedo Beniaka | Coedo Brewery (Kyodo Shoji Koedo Brewery)

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Brewed by:
Coedo Brewery (Kyodo Shoji Koedo Brewery)
Japan | website

Style: Happoshu

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imperial Sweet Potato Amber.

Because of the use of sweet potato as a secondary ingredient, Japanese laws classify Coedo Beniaka as a Happoshu (malt beverage).

Added by Westsidebuddha on 05-07-2010

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.12/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The elusive happoshu tick is finally here!

Pours a clear dark copper color with a fizzy 1/2 inch tan head that quickly fades to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly slide into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of grain, caramel, and some slight sweet potato and vegetal aromas. Taste is very sweet and is of grain, caramel, and burnt sweet potato/vegetal flavors. There is a weird herbal/medicinal bitterness that lingers on the tongue after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with only a very slight crispness. Overall, this is a very interesting beer. It tastes better than it smells but the aftertaste has a very odd burnt vegetable flavor that is kind of gross.

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Photo of Knapp85
2/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I was hoping this beer would be much more interesting but it really wasn't anything to brag about. It had a reddish color which was nice but no head which always bums me out. The brew had a sweet aroma to it. Not much in there that made it super appealing on any level. This had a strong abv but that's about all I could really say about it.

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Photo of metter98
3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at Samurai Mama, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is clear dark reddish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with just a few bubbles on the surface and a very thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of sweet potatoes in the nose; these become a little stronger as the beer warms up.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has lots of flavors of sweet potatoes and a slight amount of sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer style is definitely unique and sweet potato is more interesting as an adjunct malt compared to corn and rice. It definitely tastes a lot more flavorful compared to Japanese rice lagers.

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Photo of Thorpe429
1.98/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle thanks to drabmuh. Served in a taster glass. Pours an orange-copper color with a tiny head of bubbles that falls quickly. The nose has some sweet potato and a touch of caramel. Flavor starts off with caramel, sweet potato, and bread, but then is taken over by a strange off dryness. Very odd. Body is light and off kilter. Not a big fan.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.29/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

"Beniaka." Imperial sweet potato amber. 7% ABV.

333ml brown glass bottle with sanguine label and Thai description purchased at the Beer Lab in Chiang Mai Thailand for 310 baht. Packaged 05.11.15.

Notes below are brief since I'm relegated to a phone review.

A: No head. Auburn body. No yeast is visible within.

Sm: Toasted amber malts give this a nice backbone that nods towards bread crust and Caramel. Hop character bends a bit herbal. I have to look for the sweet potato to notice it, but while I doubt I'd recognize sweet potato in a blind tasting, I do pick up on an uncommon sweetness; in any case, it really seems to work.

Aromatic intensity is average.

T: Has a raw sweetness I guess comes from sweet potato, but there's no way I'd guess that blind. Amber malts are at the core of this well-balanced brew. Marshmallow, brown sugar/pimoncello, caramel, bread crust, toast. A kiss of pumpkin.

No noticeable hop character here. No booziness or yeast character.

Nicely executed, though it lacks the depth of flavour and complexity I'd expect in any great imperial amber.

I do like it, even if there's ample room for improvement.

Mf: Smooth, medium-bodied, wet, well-carbonated, and of appropriate heft and weight on the palate.

O: Drinkable, especially for a sweet beer of 7% ABV. I'd get it again if offered at a better price. The raw sweetness imparted by the sweet potato helps set this one apart; it definitely has a different flavour profile than most imperial Ambers (which tend to go big on the hops). Interesting fare from a brewery I'd never heard of prior.

Low B- / WORTHY

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours from a 333ml bottle a clear amber under a thin (1/4") off-white head which fades slowly to the rim and leaves some splotchy lace.

N: Definite sweet potatoe, grainy/malty, ABV noted, slight caramel sweetness.

T: Bready malts, sweet potatoes, yeasty, overripe plum/raisins and slightly grassy/herbal.

M: Semi-moderate body and light carbonation. Finishes with a bit of boozy, malty, and vegetal.

O: A mildly sweet, boozy, and interesting style. First for me.

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Photo of dcmchew
3.8/5  rDev +12.8%

Dark ruby pour (like cherry juice), extremely small white head quick to a bit of lace.
Smell of sweet boozy raisin, plum jam, faint toffee, faint cherry, earthy red sweet potatoes, definitely there, tho a bit hard to get.
Mostly sweet, a bit sour, with cherry and plum jam, not too sticky tho, crisp with some nice citrus and even some faint berries. Caramel and a kinda veggie malty sweetness, definitely from the sweet potato. Some licorice, faint nuttiness. Finishes herbal, low hop bitterness, lingering sweetness.
Low bodied, medium carbonation, has a nice "light" characteristic in contrast with the warm alcohol. Aftertaste full of fruity sweetness, never syrupy.
Did not expect this, for my first Happoshu (first sweet potato beer too). Expected some kind of bland earthy/veggie beer with weird maltiness, got a really nice tasty ale instead. Nice.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in a bottle at Samurai Mama in Brooklyn, NY

A: Pours a crystal clear dark amber in color with some very light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer poured with no head and there was no lacing observed.

S: Definite sweetness in the aroma but a more pleasant smell from the sweet potato than what I find in a corn/grain/rice adjunct malts. Pleasant and inviting but not overly strong.

T: Very sweet, almost to the sweetness levels I associate with a quad. The sweet potato flavor comes through along with some more traditional malts.

M: Medium bodied with light carbonation. Smooth.

O: A very elusive style that I am psyched I found and tried, the use of non-corn/grain/rice as the adjunct malts definitely makes it a unique experience. I very much enjoyed the beer and felt it easy to drink, one you could have many of in a session. Matches well with sushi. Some definite complexity to the aroma and flavor. I would get this one again.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

The sweet potatoes are definitely the main feature here. For me, probably a bit too much. Gives a full sweetness with a mildly syrup level of feel. It's an interesting beer that would probably be a good first craft beer for someone. For me it will probably be a bit difficult to finish and the more I sip, the more I yearn for some hops and bitterness.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
2.92/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Shared by drabmuh, the Jedi ticker. Thanks Matt!

The beer is amber colored with no head or lacing. The aroma is sweet, offering brown bread, biscuits, caramel, grain. Smells like a sweet adjunct lager. Malt, sweet potato and sweet breads. Virtually no carbonation leads to a light, watery feel on the palate. Overall, this was fun to try but not something I would have again.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.35/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

So this is my first Happoshu. Not sure what to expect here, this sweet potato concoction, but here goes. Poured into a nonic pint glass. Heard some horrid things about Happoshu, however this is Codeo and have managed to enjoy at least their Hefeweizen.

Out of the bottle is watery sounding pour, a bit of slap slap as the beverage enters the glass. Deep amber plum like red body, highly murky and cloudy. Barely makes half a finger of tan head, to fall to a filmy puck. Manages to maintain at least a tan collar that is about three millimeters thick and resembling at least a beer.

Sweet malts, kind of maraschino sticky cherry, and alcohol fussel like heat and warmth. Really not much else going on, but definitely sweet and getting into malt liquor like realm.

Surprisingly very light bodied, nearly crisp. Sweetness comes with a minimal subdued mouthfeel, but there's some hint of crackling toast and grains here, maybe even some caramel sweetness. Once again, jarred sugar cherries and plum like fruit, but kind of cheap tasting.

The most interesting thing, is I thought this was going to be an alcohol malt liquor sugar bomb but it's actually well hidden and drinks real easily. Most of the happoshu I've heard about is a canned cheap swill beverage, but this is a little different even if it's not really looking that appealing.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received a bottle in a trade with UCLABrewN84, thanks! At the time of this review, this is #1 on the "Top Beers - Happoshu" list on beeradvocate.com. Another #1 knocked off the list although this is sort of a weird style to bother with. Oh well.

Beer is reddish and clear, no head, low carbonation.

Aroma is caramelly and sweet, interesting.

Beer is medium in body, sweet finish, a little malty, a decent beer, by far the best happoshu I've ever had.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared by drtickmuh.

Pours a clear amber red with no head. Very sweet aroma; bready and caramel, light vegetable. Smooth body with low carbonation, medium thick. Interesting flavor, sweet and malty, with a subtle contribution from the sweet potato. Sweet, but drinkable, I'd bizarrely like to have more of this.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.8/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 333mL bottle into a pint glass. This is my first happoshu!

Appearance: clear body with an interesting deep amber hue. Head is a thin finger of rapidly-dissipating ivory foam.

Smell: sweet aroma with a light, fruity character. I get some pears and a hint of cherry, but it really is evocative of the main ingredient: sweet potatoes. It's nice, but a bit one-dimensional.

Taste: sweet, caramelly and, again, lightly fruity, though there's less sweet potato character than in the aroma. This is somewhat reminiscent of a dubbel or Belgian dark ale, but a bit lighter in flavor. The alcohol is not notable detectable. I'm actually quite enjoying this brew.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a low level of carbonation. Enough to get the job done, especially with its silky texture, but overall pretty mundane.

Drinkability: I'm surprised by this unique and tasty brew. It's only 25% malt, according to the Coedo website, but it manages to have a lot of character despite this. Good stuff!

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Photo of dar482
3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The beer comes in a copper red body, lots of deep red in the light.

The aroma has lots of sweet malt, grain, dark fruity esters.

The flavor follows with cherry, brown sugar sweetness, caramel. Almost reminds me of a dubbel along with a doppelbock at times.

Actually quite decent despite the adjunct aroma and flavors in there.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.27/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

Pours coppery brown with a small head.
Sweet potato is quite prominent in the aroma, but also some sweet malt. very interesting.
Lots of sweet potato as a flavour too. A hit of booze ruins things a little though. Again, quite sweet.
Body feels a bit flat, need a lot more carbonation to cut the sweetness.

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Photo of Brenden
3.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one is a sort of medium-dark brown with a hint of violet in the body and some ruby in the very thinnest edges. The head is off-white, pretty small but fairly firm at the layer that stands up for the duration. Lacing consists almost exclusively of light spotting, but some little legs go out here and there.
There's some caramel in the nose, seemingly from the malts and a little sweetness. The potato itself is evident. There is an unfortunate, though not heavy, vegetal note.
The flavor pulls together nicely; malts form a good backbone with some caramel sweetness, the sweet potato makes a good showing, and there even seems to be a bit of alcoholic sweetness as well. I'm not sure what the yeast content is, but it seems to be contributing a different sort of earthiness and light sweetness of its own. It's pretty bready in the malts, too.
The body is lighter than some might expect, though it reaches a firm medium. It's a bit too carbonated, but it holds the malts well. It's lightly crisp and decently smooth, keeping up almost entirely to the end.
Maybe there are better Happoshu beers out there, but from how little seems to be out there, probably not. Then again, I've never been to Japan.

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Photo of shigg85
3.89/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought a bottle of this from the Maruhiro department store in Saitama, Japan. Poured into a Suntory Premium Malts modest tulip glass. Creates a wonderful yellow custard hued head and releases a noticeable fragrant aroma of hops and sugar. This beer is partially made from sweet potato, so that sugary flavor definitely comes out (in a pleasant way) that almost seems chocolatey. With a relatively strong ABV and a sweet aftertaste, this is a great after-dinner brew. On the same note, I wouldn't probably have this with a meal, but definitely went well with the strawberries I was eating at the same time. This is my favorite of the Coedo brewery, and I would recommend it as a regular beer if you can find it.

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Photo of Wowcoolman
3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Categorized as a Happoshu, this style may unfortunately draw negative criticism for its similarity in definition to American Adjunct Lager. The "adjunct" in this case is roasted sweet potato, and its nose and especially the palette carry a yam-like quality.
The color is a beautiful amber and I picked up sweet, sake-like aromas. The alcohol is 7% here. I'd have liked a little more bitterness in the finish, more hops would balance the fruity qualities from the sweet potatoes. Try bringing this unique beer to a Thanksgiving dinner, it should fit right in.

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Photo of notchucknorris
2.26/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bought this off a whim while perusing Bottlecraft. Had Coedo's collab with Ballast Point a while back and thought it was tasty, so I figured this would be worth a try. Nope!

A: Pours a dark reddish copper color with a one finger sand colored head. Pretty dark, but definitely looks worth trying.

S: Uh oh. Kind of weird here. First of all, they nailed the sweet potato. This smells like if you took a raw sweet potato, scratched the first layer off with your fingernail and took a big whiff. A little bit of that baked sweet potato caramel and brown sugar note as well. Weird but still doesn't seem off.

T: And now we're off. We're way the hell off. This lager body with a base that tastes like MGD. Then a crapload of candied sweet potato sweetness. This is almost at Wild Blue level hangover-in-a-glass sweet. Ok, not quite that bad. But I will be damn impressed if you can finish a whole bottle of this. A experiment, but the results are pretty regrettable. Avoid, my friends.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep amber colored brew with a pale white head, poured into a nonic ten ounce glass. 4.25

Smells quite a bit like sweet potato and it’s not unpleasant. Different. Kind of nice. Also has an odd yeasty presence that reminds me of my heavy-drinking days, is kind of pungent and acrid, and also kind of reminds me of vodka. It’s pretty much the way a lot of beers smelled before I’d tasted a great beer. 3

Sweet potato makes it to my taste buds and again, I’m pleasantly surprised. Also has a quality like sake. There’s got to be rice in here. It’s got the feel and the taste. And it’s kind of caramelly and bread sweet. Some floral notes are there in the mix too. It’s interesting and not bad at all. 3.5

Okay, I do have one beef. This thing feels hot and sake-like. Seriously, there’s a sake quality to this. The mouthfeel is a bit numbing almost. Beyond that it’s sweet, kind of sticky and finishes with a bitter dryness. 3.5

This ain’t bad at all. I’d drink it again.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Bottle

Thanks for the tick/gift, UCLABrewN84!

Dark copper color with very minimal light tan head. There's not a lot of visible carbonation and this leaves the glass nearly clean.

The aroma is a combination of caramel, bread, a bit of spice character, and vegetables (celery and tomato?).

The flavor is malty with some spice character to it, along with moderate bitterness and some celery flavor as well. Drinkable.

Medium bodied with low carbonation. I think the body of this beer brings the rest of it down.

Drinkable, but unexciting. It's nothing I'll revisit.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.36/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown with an amber tinge. Cloudy with no visible carbonation, and 2 fingers of orange beige head.


S: Light sweetness, malt, jackfruit, Asian sweet potato, a light caramelized sugar, crème brule.


T: Caramelized sugar, brown sugar, a light raspberry, dark toasted scent like caramelized pumpkin or sweet potato. Almost some barley wine qualities as far as taste.


M: Medium thick, syrupy body, little carbonation like a soda that’s sat out for an evening. Alcohol very well hidden.


O: Impressive idea, love that Japan is getting more creative in craft beer. Got this on Wishbeer, drank in Chiang Mai March 9th, 2015.

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Photo of heygeebee
2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

First of style, but man this is a sweet sweet beer, with no after palate business to offset the sweetness. Spotty lace and deep red body, but just smells and tastes of brown sugar and molasses really. Maybe like an american brown ale with extra sugar?
Having said all that it is unique, with malt overload and sweet hit, I haven't had anything like it before.

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my Stella Artois tulip.

A - Pours a very dark amber colour, with a yelloy coloured large bubbled head that disapperas in less than two minutes.

S - A light slightly sweet aroma and maybe some sort of dark fruit.

T - Slightly sweet throughout, with a little caramel and dark fruit, alcohol is so very well hidden.

M - Light to medium body and medium carbonation.

O - Quite an unusual brew, and very enjoyable, I would definitely have another one

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78 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.
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